Herb Alpert -"Ain't No Sunshine"

DAN BOLTON

Well-Known Member
I just listened to both versions back-to-back and I have a couple of observations.

One, Withers' version of the song was very short, and it made for a very straightforward and rather succinct statement. Herb's version is nearly twice as long, but both work very well.

Second, I'm not sure that retaining the minor chords Withers used to accompany those phrases would have served Herb's take on the song quite as well as the major ones did. Herb's take relies heavily on on the lilt that is inherent to the melody, and Withers seems to downplay it, except on the chorus, which is the main hook of his version. Herb utilizes the inherent lilt and emphasizes it with the bass and drums throughout the song. The main reason for the Autotune, IMO is to "punch up" the lyric a bit. The song needs a lyric, I think. Autotune helps it stand up to the plaintive trumpet and the emphasis the bass and drums put on the lilt. Using those minor chords would muddy things up, IMO. They would be difficult to recognize with all that's going on otherwise in the arrangement.

Once again, YMMV.
 
I just listened to both versions back-to-back and I have a couple of observations.

One, Withers' version of the song was very short, and it made for a very straightforward and rather succinct statement. Herb's version is nearly twice as long, but both work very well.

Second, I'm not sure that retaining the minor chords Withers used to accompany those phrases would have served Herb's take on the song quite as well as the major ones did. Herb's take relies heavily on on the lilt that is inherent to the melody, and Withers seems to downplay it, except on the chorus, which is the main hook of his version. Herb utilizes the inherent lilt and emphasizes it with the bass and drums throughout the song. The main reason for the Autotune, IMO is to "punch up" the lyric a bit. The song needs a lyric, I think. Autotune helps it stand up to the plaintive trumpet and the emphasis the bass and drums put on the lilt. Using those minor chords would muddy things up, IMO. They would be difficult to recognize with all that's going on otherwise in the arrangement.

Once again, YMMV.
Guilty of preferring it muddied up a bit.
 

martin

Active Member
First thing; I find it amazing that Herb's playing is still this great, and that he continues to experiment with sounds, but sticks to his personal, unmistakable style when it comes to his playing. I am greatly looking forward to seeing him and Lani in Rancha Cucamonga on June 1st.

- greetings from the north -

Martin
 

jazzdre

Active Member
I was about to say that after attending Herb's concert last night at The City Winery, I found out that Hussain Jiffrey, instead of Bill Cantos was the lead vocalist, but apparently somebody beat me to it. It's all good, though.
 

toeknee4bz

Well-Known Member
I can't help but wonder whether Herb will release this tune, along with his previous single "Wonderful World", on an upcoming album-length CD.
 
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